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Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande, Cape May, NJ 08242-2203
+1 609-886-8787
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We took the 4 year old. All hands on exhibits perfect for many ages. It includes airplanes, jets... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Maria H
San Jose, California
What a Treasure!

NASW is tucked away at the Cape May County Airport . I have lived here for years and never visited... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kathleen L
New Jersey
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Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport, Cape May County, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the Navy airmen who died while training during World War II. Hangar # 1 was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places in September of 1997. Naval Air station (NAS) Wildwood was commissioned on April 1, 1943. The site served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility from 1943 to 1945. Aircraft stationed at NAS Wildwood included TBM Avengers, Douglas Dauntlesses, Vought Corsairs and Curtiss Helldivers. Forty-two airmen perished while training at NAS Wildwood during World War II. In June 1997, NASW Foundation purchased Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The 92,000 square-foot all-wooden structure was in a state of disrepair and required extensive renovation. Under the stewardship of NASW Foundation, the hangar was listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places at the National Significance Level. NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum now boasts over 26 aircraft displays as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines, photographs and more. Additionally, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia has provided NAS Wildwood with a wealth of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to discover the science of flight. The museum also features a library, food vending area as well as a recently expanded gift shop. In its role as a community resource, NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum regularly hosts activities including fly-ins, aviation festivals, big band concerts, swing dances, veterans’ ceremonies, historical lectures, school field trips and senior tours.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande, Cape May, NJ 08242-2203
+1 609-886-8787
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the 4 year old. All hands on exhibits perfect for many ages. It includes airplanes, jets, helicopters and a control tower . The machinery is from the 40's through the 80's. It's not large, but big enough and indoors so a rainy day...More

Thank Maria H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

NASW is tucked away at the Cape May County Airport . I have lived here for years and never visited. So much history., Vintage aircraft and vehicles. This is a greater stop for family and history buffs.

Thank Kathleen L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great museum with lots of history. One of the few museums where kids, and adults haha, can climb into cockpits and aircraft. A bit pricey but they offer a veteran and child discount. Worth the trip.

Thank Ppetrovich
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice museum, lots to see. There was various planes etc. to go inside or look inside. There was enough to keep younger children interested in too.

Thank Amanda A
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was originally attracted to this museum because of the great Trip Advisor reviews. It did not disappoint. The only hangar of sixteen that originally stood at this location. It is filled with numerous historical planes, boats and vehicles. Nicely presented with short video and...More

Thank bbbob84
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my parents there for something different. They have had a shore house for over 30 years and had never been. They were thrilled to tell me about what they remembered from the eras represented! My dad was especially excited to explain weapons from...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice museum and a great break from the beach scene. My family has been to the Air Force museum in Dayton, the Smithsonian, and the Reading Air Show. So we were kind of spoiled up. You are not going to see older...More

Thank ppeifer1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What to do when it rains at the beach? Go to this museum! Just go early because it gets a lot more crowded later in the day. One day out of our trip it was basically a monsoon ousted so we decided to try out...More

Thank TravelForTheHikes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husbands father worked on repairing airplanes on the island of Guam during WWII. They actually have one of the planes he worked on. Cool hanger filled with aviation.

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a rainy day and it was packed with people who couldn't go to the beach. There are a lot of navy transportations from WWII. My favorite was the letters written by the soldiers. One of them described his observation from Hiroshima. It...More

Thank travelaround_8
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14 August 2016|
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Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
Yes it is!
Mary Ann B
17 June 2016|
Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
Admission Fees Adults: $12.00 Children: 3 thru 12 $10.00 Children under 3: FREE! Active Duty Military w/ ID: FREE! *Military dependents must pay regular admission. Free Parking.
23 February 2016|
Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
Hours Of Operation April 1st thru Columbus Day Open Daily 9 AM to 5 PM Columbus Day thru November 30th Open Daily 9 AM to 4 PM December 1st thru March 31st Monday – Friday 9 AM to 4 PM Saturday – Sunday Closed Please... More